Energy development in Western Colorado

Are the Parachute Creek cleanup crews safe from the plume?

May 16, 2013
Are the Parachute Creek cleanup crews safe from the plume? Months after discovering a toxic pipeline leak at a natural gas plant on Parachute Creek, industry workers are continuing efforts to clear the creek water of chemicals. But as KDNK's Ed Williams reports, area scientists are raising questions about the dangers the cleanup methods pose to the health of on-site workers.

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Response to this story from Williams

Williams representative Tom Droege said the following in an email to KDNK:

"Badger, the contractor, informed Williams that its four employees who had concerns about benzene exposure have been given health exams by a physician and they have all been cleared to return to full-duty work.

Additionally, all employees and contractors are given a thorough safety orientation before they are allowed to begin work. As part of that briefing they are empowered to stop work and remove themselves from any situation they feel is unsafe."